Melissa Grunow

Melissa Grunow (Creative Non-Fiction) | Detroit, MI

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Negotiable

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Anywhere

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Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR’s Moth StorySLAM and is a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University. Follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.

Books

Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016). CNF. Memoir.


Press & Reviews

A deeply rich meditation on what it means to be a woman in a sometimes uncertain and complicated world, in relationship to men, but ultimately, and more importantly, to oneself. Melissa Grunow’s Realizing River City raises just as many questions as it answers, circling back always, in beautiful prose and a clear, honest voice, to what it means to be alive, to love, and to be present for all of it.
—Amina Cain, author of Creature and I Go to Some Hollow

Empowering. Beautiful. Brave. These three words are the epitome of Melissa Grunow’s Realizing River City. Traversing through personal transformations, the strength that lives within her memoir stems from Grunow’s fresh writing and unrelenting honesty. She doesn’t hold back when showing us the complexities of what it means and what it looks like to become an independent woman. This is a book about liberation. This is a book about revolution. This is a book that will live in your body long after you have finished it, a book that will embolden your life, always.
—Chelsey Clammer, author of BodyHome

Realizing River City is the compelling story of Melissa Grunow’s search for love with all the wrong men. It’s a story about loss, love, compassion, and finally redemption, as Grunow learns to stand on her own, embrace life’s messiness, and forge ahead full of hope for the future. I was cheering for her as I turned the final pages!
—Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words

In her memoir Realizing River City, Melissa Grunow shares with honesty and clarity the often-precarious landscape of love, loss, and longing. Her book offers readers vibrant details of New Mexico and an intimate glimpse into a woman’s persistent search for acceptance and positive relationships.
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Crafting the Personal Essay

Melissa Grunow has written an intimate exploration of need, desire, doubt, and survival; her memoir is remarkable for its heart-breaking honesty.
—Robert Root, author of Happenstance and Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place